Essay about `` Phenomenal Woman `` By Maya Angelou

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“Culture stereotypes women to fit the myth by flattering the feminine into beauty-without-intelligence or intelligence-without-beauty; women are allowed a mind or a body but not both,”Naomi Wolf said.The poem entitled, “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou addresses feminine beauty in terms of confidence, personality and determination.
Confidence comes from being free and happy with whatever shape or size you are. The author shows a great confidence with her body and a deep sense of being a woman. Angelou says, “I 'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model 's size/ But when I start to tell them,/They think I 'm telling lies.” She is saying that she is not the prettier woman, nor does she fit the perfect size to be a model, however when she walks into a room everybody stares at her. She doesn 't feel cocky or superior, she feels powerful because she has such a confidence within herself that nobody can make her feel miserable. She continues saying, “I say,/It 's in the reach of my arms/The span of my hips,/The stride of my step,/The curl of my lips./I 'm a woman/ Phenomenally./ Phenomenal woman,/That 's me.” She is so confident that she repeatedly calls herself a phenomenal woman.
Poet Angelou states that further of her confidence she has a body of her own meaning she has the body that she wants to have even if it doesn 't fit the so called “essential feminine traits” such as having a flat stomach, big hips, long hair. Angelou shows confidence by saying, “I walk into a room/…

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